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The team at OAR is made up of a small, dynamic team of passionate individuals, working towards making a meaningful impact on the lives of autistic individuals and their supporters.  Opportunities to join the OAR staff are limited and all open positions will be posted on Idealist. Anyone interested in joining our team is welcome to inquire anytime by submitting a cover letter describing your interest and a resume.

While openings on the staff are infrequent, we offer opportunities for interns and volunteers year-round.

Working at OAR

We are a team of passionate staff members based in Arlington, VA. As a new addition to OAR, you’ll get to work alongside colleagues that each leverage their passion, skills, and expertise to help promote OAR’s impact and reach.

Open Positions

Any open positions will be posted below.

Manager, Fundraising and Special Events

The Organization for Autism Research’s (OAR) mission is to apply research to the challenges of autism. Since 2001, we have funded more than $5 million in applied research grants and helped numerous autistic individuals and their families, caregivers, and educators through our free evidence-based resources. We are able to do this through the funds we raise each year. We are currently seeking a new Manager, Fundraising and Special Events to help in the execution of OAR’s mission by raising funds through events and fundraising initiatives. The Manager, Fundraising and Special Events will report directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with OAR leadership on various fundraising initiatives.

The Manager, Fundraising and Special Events will be responsible for the oversight of multiple fundraising campaigns and the development and execution of at least one fundraising event (in-person, virtual, or hybrid) each year. This position will help to further diversify OAR’s funding through fundraising initiatives outside of OAR’s major fundraising campaign, the RUN FOR AUTISM. This will include, but not be limited to, working with the Executive Director to evaluate OAR’s current digital fundraising tools and infrastructure and implementing new tools, platforms, and tactics that will allow OAR to improve fundraising.

OAR is currently planning an inaugural fundraiser for this September at Top Golf National Harbor. The Manager, Fundraising and Special Events will quickly jump into leading this new event to success.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns in traditional and digital-first methods
  • Grow OAR’s live streaming fundraising efforts via platforms such as Discord, Twitch, and other livestream and social platforms and develop industry partnerships
  • Develop and nurture lasting relationships with fundraising partners, volunteers, and individuals
  • Manage and grow grassroots fundraising efforts via virtual support, offering OAR resources, and creating a fundraising guide for individuals seeking to support OAR
  • Respond to fundraising inquiries and registration requests
  • Plan and develop outreach strategies to increase new lead development, to include connecting with past fundraisers for retention and new activity
  • Support 3rd party fundraising efforts via platforms such as Tiltify, Facebook, Instagram, and others
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Director, Development and Marketing to develop a yearly calendar of fundraising events and digital and direct mail campaigns
  • With the support of OAR leadership, plan and execute an annual fundraising event

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5 – 7 years minimum work experience
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Skill with social media and email platforms
  • Capacity to work independently but also to coordinate with others when necessary
  • Able to multi-task
  • Highly organized and versatile
  • Fundraising and/or events background

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Neon CRM, FundraiseUp, Canva, and Hootsuite
  • Experience with WordPress and Google analytics
  • Personal connection to autism or a desire to support the autism community. Autistic individuals are encouraged to apply.

OAR recognizes that not all qualified candidates will have all the qualifications above.  We encourage any interested candidates who meet some but not all the qualifications to apply. OAR will consider all aspects of a candidate’s resume and cover letter when reviewing applications. OAR is an equal-opportunity employer.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter by March 31, 2024.

Details at a Glance
  • Time Commitment: Full-Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2024
  • Education: 4-Year Degree Required
  • Experience Level: Mid-level
Salary
  • USD $60,000 – USD $65,000/ year
Benefits
  • Annual salary increases based on performance
  • Hybrid office-telework schedule
  • Employer-paid health, dental, and vision plans
  • Employer-paid basic life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k) with employer matching after 6 months
  • Paid parking or equal metro fare offset
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 13 Paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave policy
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Professional development opportunities
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General Information

OAR values our employees by offering a competitive benefits package including:

  • Annual salary increases based on performance
  • Hybrid office-telework schedule
  • Employer-paid health, dental, and vision plans
  • Employer-paid basic life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k) with matching after 6 months
  • Paid parking or equal metro fare offset
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 13 Paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave policy
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Professional development opportunities

Additional Ways to get Involved

About Our Internship Program

We established our internship program as a vehicle to support ongoing programs and offer college and graduate students the opportunity to learn and gain experience in a small, non-profit environment. The ideal intern is a dynamic individual who is interested in autism and shares our passion for helping autistic people and their families. We look for someone who excels at detail-oriented work, but thinks strategically and never loses sight of the greater purpose of a project. Interns work closely with key staff members on projects of high value to the autism community and OAR, and in the process, gain meaningful work experience in a non-profit organization with a national focus.

Prospective applicants should understand that OAR is not a clinical setting. We provide support through educational outreach and our interns will engage members of the autism community as part of their work. Interns will not be delivering interventions, conducting original research, or regularly interfacing with families face-to-face.

Due to the pandemic, we have temporarily discontinued the internship program. Please check back for updates.

Volunteer with OAR

As a small non-profit, we rely on the dedication of talented volunteers near and far to support autism families everywhere.

We offer a diverse range of service opportunities for volunteers of all ages and abilities. Contribute to our advocacy, education, or fundraising efforts. Engage with your local community or connect with the autism community online. Learn about the different ways you can get involved by clicking the button below!

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